Tzatziki with Sour Cream

This Tzatziki with Sour Cream recipe is the perfect treat for any dip lover! Cool and creamy with grated cucumber, lemon juice, minced garlic, and fresh herbs, this Mediterranean dip is perfect for pita chips, pretzels, veggies and more! 

prepared homemade tzattiki with sour cream dip with pita on the side

We’re big fans of creamy dips. Don’t get us wrong. We love dips of all kinds– after all, the name of this blog is Just Dip Recipes! However, creamy dips with bases like sour cream, cream cheese, and Greek yogurt really speak to our tastebuds…and Mediterranean dips also have a special place in our hearts.

That’s why we love this tzatziki recipe with sour cream.  It’s so easy to make and is guaranteed to disappear quickly. You can’t beat that combo when you’re craving the flavors of Greece at home!

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Tzatziki is a cold dip that’s perfect parties, potlucks, movie and game nights, and even afternoon snacking. We also love this dip as an accompaniment to gyro or souvlaki and pita bread for the ultimate Greek combo!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • It uses limited ingredients found easily at the grocery store.
  • It’s an easy recipe that comes together quickly. You will be so surprised how easy it is to make Tzatziki at home!
  • It’s cool, creamy, and full of flavors of the Mediterranean. YUM!
  • It’s perfect for any party or gathering.
  • If you follow a low-carb lifestyle, this dip is keto friendly!

Tzatziki with Sour Cream Ingredients

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and they’re all one quick trip to the grocery store away. There’s nothing fancy about this dip at all.

Everything you’ll need is listed below, but be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • English Cucumber – Finely grated (you can use a cheese grater)
  • Sour Cream – We always go with full fat, however feel free to use your preference
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed is best, use the lemon squeezie in a pinch
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Medium Garlic Cloves – Finely minced
  • Fresh Dill – Finely chopped
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper – To taste

ready to serve homemade tzatziki made with sour cream and drizzled with olive oil and garnished with fresh dill

How to Make Tzatziki with Sour Cream

Making this dip is a relatively easy process. The only actual work is grating the cucumbers, and even that is super easy to do. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen enjoying this dip in just a few minutes.

The overview of the process is right here, but you’ll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Grate the cucumber and squeeze out as much water as possible using a sieve, cheesecloth or paper towels.

2: Combine all ingredients except 1/2 of the fresh dill (save 1 tablespoon) and mix well. Optional: You can add these ingredients to a food processor for an extra creamy dip.

homemade tzatziki with sour cream with fresh dill and lemon on the side

3: Chill for at least an hour. Sprinkle with remaining dill and drizzle with olive with when ready to serve with your favorite dippers!

tzatziki with fresh dill and olive oil drizzle

What to Dip in Tzatziki

This dip is so great because, in addition to being delicious, it’s perfect with a variety of dippers. Enjoy homemade tzatziki with:

  • Pita chips
  • Pita bread
  • Potato chips
  • French fries
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Pretzel rods
  • Hard breadsticks
  • Veggie sticks
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Red pepper strips
  • Sliced gyro meat
  • Meat skewers, such as souvlaki

creamy tzatziki with pita bread dippers

How to Store Tzatziki with Sour Cream

Store leftover dip in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. We love these glass containers with locking lids for storing all of our dips!

When ready to serve, just give the tzatziki a stir, as the liquid will separate.

Can You Freeze Tzatziki Sauce

Don’t try to freeze this dip– it will lose its light and creamy consistency in the freezing process and it won’t taste nearly as good as freshly made tzatziki. Just because you can freeze something doesn’t mean you should! 

Tips for Making Tzatziki with Sour Cream

  • To easily press as much water as possible out of the shredded cucumber, place a towel in the bottom of a sieve or strainer. Then, add the shredded cucumber and top with another towel. Press down and then toward the sides of the strainer as hard as possible to really press out the water.
  • Use English cucumbers for this recipe. Larger cucumbers are too seedy and have too much water.
  • To get the most juice out of your lemons, microwave them for a few seconds. Then, roll them on the counter with your hand while pressing down firmly.
  • You can use fresh mint, dill, or a combination of both in this recipe.
  • While this recipe for tzatziki is made with sour cream, Greek yogurt can be substituted – you can also use 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 Greek yogurt, depending on what you have on hand — all will taste delicious!

sour cream tzatziki in a bowl with a spoon  

homemade tzatziki with sour cream dip

Tzatziki with Sour Cream

Stef Riley
This Tzatziki with Sour Cream dip features sour cream, minced garlic, grated cucumber, lemon, olive oil, and fresh dill for full on Mediterranean flavor.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerator 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 106 kcal


  • 1 English cucumber finely grated
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil freshly squeezed, if possible
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Place the grated cucumber on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much water as you can from the cucumber. Alternatively, you can use a few layers of paper towels.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir grated cucumber, sour cream, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. 
  • Transfer tzatziki to a serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle with fresh dill.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Serve with fresh pita, pita chips, vegetables or your favorite dippers!


Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword cold dip
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